Teddy Roosevelt and the pressing need for a new Americanism

In an era of unbridled optimism and outright racism, Americanism was the idea that the principles of democracy, the rights and responsibilities enjoyed by a free people, driven by free enterprise and the free exchange of ideas, and governed by the equal application of the law were destined to transform the world, ushering in prosperity… Continue reading Teddy Roosevelt and the pressing need for a new Americanism

Who’s afraid of a little actual voting in Congress?

The House of Representatives is in the process of making the sort of history one doesn’t really want to make as the selection of Speaker moves to at least the 12th ballot, suggesting that the Republican party is fractured, which should not be much of a surprise after the midterm elections. This week, the political… Continue reading Who’s afraid of a little actual voting in Congress?

The national popular vote tells a very different story of the midterms

The Republicans managed to win the national popular vote for the first time since 2014, but a poor performance in competitive states prevented a red wave.  Once, progressives were fond of calling this an “undemocratic” result, but the truth is that our system is exquisitely designed and the GOP needs to look to the states… Continue reading The national popular vote tells a very different story of the midterms

Biden: Cynical, dumb, hopeless, or all three at the same time?

The President has chosen to mount a self-interested defense of democracy as his closing message for the midterm elections rather than defend his own record.  It’s one of the most cynical strategies in modern memory for furthering dividing Americans in the obvious pursuit of power.  It’s also dumb and hopeless because voters know the deal.… Continue reading Biden: Cynical, dumb, hopeless, or all three at the same time?

Biden fancies himself John Quincy Adams, thinks he can save America

The President delivered a primetime speech about the “continued battle for the soul of the nation,” but who is he to declare close to half the country his enemies?  What moral quality and compass does this man have to define democracy itself, proclaim himself everyone else’s better, and demand we conform to his view of… Continue reading Biden fancies himself John Quincy Adams, thinks he can save America

FBI raid: Biden’s conflict of interest is unresolvable and Republicans need to do more than demand answers

If President Biden and Attorney General Garland believe a conviction of Trump for any potential crime would prevent him from running again, clearing the field of the most likely candidate, they cannot be trusted to remain objective. Republicans can shut down the Senate until they provide satisfactory answers. In the wake of the FBI raid… Continue reading FBI raid: Biden’s conflict of interest is unresolvable and Republicans need to do more than demand answers

Democracy dies in an FBI raid on a former President

Earlier this week, the FBI raided the home of former President Donald Trump in action unprecedented in US history without even deigning to tell the American people what they are looking for or why.  Now, some are claiming the former President will be prosecuted for some unspecified crime, taking us from unprecedented directly to earth-shattering.… Continue reading Democracy dies in an FBI raid on a former President

Plato’s Republic and the persistence of the noble lie

It’s long past time to resign the great Greek philosopher’s vision of government to the ash heap of history, and yet the establishment continues to cling to something eerily close to his vision of a guardian class empowered with the noble lie.  Literally everything has changed since Plato’s day, but some things remain the same…… Continue reading Plato’s Republic and the persistence of the noble lie

Elon Musk: Are much needed changes coming to Twitter?

The world’s richest man and self-proclaimed “free speech absolutist” is now the largest shareholder of the social media platform after haranguing it as a threat to democracy for limiting speech.  This isn’t a purely academic point after the platform blatantly interfered in the 2020 election.  In a more rational and fair world, Twitter would be… Continue reading Elon Musk: Are much needed changes coming to Twitter?

No, unaccountable government agencies aren’t “democracy in action”

Some progressives are openly claiming all power resides with federal agencies, and your power is limited to voicing your opinion.  They say they care deeply about democratic norms and assaults on democracy, while they assault every norm there is and redefine democracy at a whim, outright proposing technocratic authoritarianism and calling it democracy. Recent Supreme… Continue reading No, unaccountable government agencies aren’t “democracy in action”